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In the bloodiest religious violence in Indonesia in decades, more than 300 people have died in fighting over five days between Christians and Muslims, officials said today.

Fighting on the island of Halmahera broke out Tuesday when 400 Christians attacked a Muslim village, said Lt. Col. Iwa Budiman, spokesman for the local military command. About 250 people have been killed since, he said.

In the adjoining region of Maluku, 68 people, including three soldiers, have been killed in sectarian clashes that broke out Sunday, a local newspaper reported today.

The combined death toll is the highest in a year of savage fighting between Christians and Muslims in the two provinces.

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